A Plea for Phoenetic Spelling: Or, The Necessity of Orthographic Reform

F. Pitman, 1848 - 180 páginas

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Página 36 - In this part of the work, where caprice has long wantoned without control, and vanity sought praise by petty reformation, I have endeavoured to proceed with a scholar's reverence for antiquity, and a grammarian's regard to the genius of our tongue.
Página 19 - All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good. And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear,
Página 87 - Etymologies are at present very uncertain ; but such as they are, the old books would still preserve them, and etymologists would there find them. "Words in the course of time, change their meanings, as well as their spelling and pronunciation ; and we do not look to etymology for their present meanings.
Página 85 - Of these reformers some have endeavoured to accommodate orthography better to the pronunciation, without considering that this is to measure by a shadow, to take that for a model or standard which is changing while they apply it.
Página 112 - In short, whatever the difficulties and inconveniences now are, they will be more easily surmounted now than hereafter; and some time or other it must be done, or our writing will become the same with the Chinese as to the difficulty of learning and using it...
Página 111 - People would long learn to read the old writing, though they practised the new. And the inconvenience is not greater, than what has actually happened in a similar case in Italy. Formerly, its inhabitants all spoke and wrote Latin ; as the language changed, the spelling followed it. It is true, that, at present, a mere unlearned Italian cannot read the Latin books, though they are still read and understood by many.
Página 19 - Cease, then, nor ORDER imperfection name — Our proper bliss depends on what we blame. Know thy own point. This kind, this due degree Of blindness, weakness, Heaven bestows on thee.
Página 36 - I have attempted few alterations, and among those few, perhaps the greater part is from the modern to the ancient practice; and I hope I may be allowed to recommend to those, whose thoughts have been perhaps employed too anxiously on verbal singular!ties, not to disturb, upon narrow views, or for minute propriety, the orthography of their fathers.
Página 66 - Spelling comes next to reading. New trials for the temper; new perils for the understanding • positive rules and arbitrary exceptions ; endless examples and contradictions ; till at length, out of all patience with the stupid docility of his pupil, the tutor perceives the absolute necessity of making him get by heart with all convenient speed every word in the language. The formidable columns rise in dread succession.
Página 107 - They told me chou signifies a book: so that I thought whenever the word chou was pronounced, a book was the subject. Not at all! Chou, the next time I heard it, I found signified a tree. Now I was to recollect; chou was a book or a tree.

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